[R] problems understanding sapply

John Sorkin jsorkin at grecc.umaryland.edu
Wed Apr 11 03:19:57 CEST 2007

R 2.4.1
windows XP
I am trying to fill in a matrix with binomial probabilities without using a for loop. I am trying to obtain a value for pbinom using the value stored in column one of the matrix delete. Clearly I am doing something wrong. Please help me understand my error.
> delete<-matrix(nrow=31,ncol=2)
> delete[1:31,1]<-1:31
> delete[,2]<-sapply(delete[,2], pbinom,delete[,1],30,0)
Error in delete[, 2] <- sapply(delete[, 2], pbinom, delete[, 1], 30, 0) : 
        number of items to replace is not a multiple of replacement length
John Sorkin M.D., Ph.D.
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